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Genital warts are very common and can occur in and around the genitals. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) through direct skin contact.


In women, genital warts usually occur as small, gritty-textured lumps that become larger. In men, the warts look similar to warts on the hands and are a firm and raised growth with a rough surface. A wart can appear as a single manifestation or as clusters of multiple warts that grow together to form a kind of "cauliflower" shape.


Treatment ranges from application of a topical ointment to topical immunotherapy, cryotherapy, cautery or laser procedures.

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